Diamond looks at positives

Date published: April 24 2016

Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond had mixed emotions after his charges suffered a Premiership defeat to Bath at the Recreation Ground.

The 32-26 loss came six days after the Sharks had beaten the same opposition with a try bonus-point at AJ Bell Stadium, which means they finish these back-to-back matches with seven points secured. That leaves Sale in fifth place in the table, one point ahead of Northampton.

"I think seven points out of these two games has been good for us," said a content Diamond, when speaking to Sale Sharks' official website.

"We didn't turn up for the first-half, sometimes that happens to us. But, we certainly showed a shift at half-time, and scored 26 points. We're disappointed really due to our first half shift, but they're a good side."

Diamond revealed that his players were given a stern talking to at the break after a first-half that saw them go in 17-0 adrift of Bath.

"We were direct in what we said to the lads at the break. Bath were all over us in the first-half, more physical than us, and that's what we're built round," he said.

"We played well last week, and we played well in the second-half. Give credit to Bath, the first-half they blew us away and we couldn't control it – we didn't have any ball, I think at one stage we had six percent possession, so there's not much for the coaches to say at half-time, but just look at our attitude levels and we did.

"We had to make a shift immediately and we did, scoring two quick-fire tries. I'm glad we got the two points."